Latest NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Championship News

New coach, similar expectations for Baylor women's hoops

Oct. 21, 2021 16:23 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Baylor's sideline will look different this season, but the Lady Bears expect similar results after they were picked as the preseason No. 1 team in the Big 12. Coach Kim Mulkey stepped down after last season to take the job at LSU. She led the...

NCAA close to expanding women's field to 68 teams

Oct. 14, 2021 19:38 PM EDT

The NCAA women's basketball tournament is close to expanding its field to 68 teams — equaling the men's bracket. Both the Division I women's basketball committee and the oversight committee unanimously voted to approve a proposal to add four teams to the NCAA...

Reigning NCAA champion Stanford women picked to win Pac-12

Oct. 12, 2021 17:26 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The reigning NCAA champion Stanford women's basketball team was picked to win the Pac-12 regular-season title in a preseason poll of conference coaches. Hall of Fame coach Tara VanDerveer's team captured the NCAA title last spring for the first...

NCAA to look into holding both Final Fours in same city

Sep. 30, 2021 12:42 PM EDT

The NCAA is exploring holding a joint Final Four with the men and women's basketball tournaments holding their semifinals and title games in the same city on the same weekend, though it would not happen until at least 2027 with sites already locked in through 2026. ...

NCAA to start using 'March Madness' for women's tournament

Sep. 29, 2021 11:48 AM EDT

The NCAA women's basketball tournament will start using “March Madness” in marketing and branding beginning this season. Using the phrase, which has been associated with the men's tournament for years, was one of the recommendations stemming from an external review of...

NCAA places Ga Tech women's hoops team on 3 years probation

Sep. 21, 2021 16:51 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The NCAA placed Georgia Tech's women's basketball program on probation for three years Tuesday, citing violations committed under former coach MaChelle Joseph that included players being forced to practice longer than the rules allow and on scheduled off days. ...

June Daugherty, former women’s basketball coach, dies at 64

Aug. 04, 2021 20:18 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — June Daugherty, the former Washington and Washington State women's basketball coach who led the Huskies to seven NCAA Tournaments, has died. She was 64. Washington State said Daugherty died Monday at her Boise, Idaho, home. A...

Women's game leaders: NCAA can't let report sit on a shelf

Aug. 04, 2021 03:36 AM EDT

Eight years ago, in a report the NCAA asked Big East commissioner Val Ackerman to write, she recommended the men's and women's Final Fours be played at the same venue on the same weekend. She also suggested the women's basketball tournament have its own television...

Report drills NCAA on equity, calls for combined Final Four

Aug. 03, 2021 20:07 PM EDT

The NCAA has fallen short of upholding its commitment to gender equity by prioritizing its cash cow Division I men's basketball tournament “over everything else,” according a scathing review released Tuesday after an uproar over how the association conducts its championship events. ...

Quick glance: NCAA gender equity report recommendations

Aug. 03, 2021 19:50 PM EDT

Some of the recommendations in a 113-page report from Kaplan Heckler & Finke LLP, which was hired to review inequities between the men's and women's NCAA Division I basketball tournaments: — Change the leadership structure of Division I basketball to cultivate...